NBC10 - Deanna Durante
Falls Township Police never got a chance to serve a search warrant on Kevin Jones' home because it burned down just before. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Tuesday, a day after the softball coach was arrested for his alleged sexual relationship with one of his teenage players. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports.
A married Bucks County father of two who coaches girls’ softball is accused of having a sexual relationship with his teenage daughter’s best friend -- a girl who looked up to her coach as a father-like figure, according to a criminal complaint obtained by NBC10.
Kevin Jones, 34, of Fairless Hills, Pa. is accused of having sexual relations with a girl starting when she was just 14, according to Falls Township Police.
Police suspect Jones may have torched his home after the victim told him that police were investigating their relationship.
Police say that Jones would text and Facebook message with the girl who he also coached on the same softball team, the Levittown Bulldogs, which his daughter played on. The girl and Jones would tell each other that they loved one another and he would refer to her as his “baby doll” and she would call him “daddy,” according to a criminal complaint.
Jones allegedly told the girl, whose father left the picture about seven years ago, that she could consider him a father. “I’ll be your dad from now on and I’ll protect you like I’m your dad,” Jones told the girl according to the affidavit.
According to the criminal complaint, the relationship between the two started in the spring of 2012 with “flirting” as Jones would put his arm around the girl and hold her hand while speaking to her. Over time, the girl told police that their relationship progressed, first to kissing then to sexual activities and eventually to intercourse about two weeks ago.
The affidavit said that Jones’ children were in his home during many of the alleged sex acts. The girl, now 15, told police that all the alleged sex was consensual and that no drugs or alcohol were involved.
Jones denies any sexual contact with the alleged victim outside of hugging and kissing that only happened in front of the girl’s mother. The criminal complaint states that during questioning Jones told police, “I don’t know if she thinks I touched her, we play fight.”
The relationship was uncovered after the teenager confided in her sister about the relationship and the girls’ mother in turn reported it to Falls Township Police on Jan. 9. Around that time, the victim allegedly tried to warn Jones that her mother knew of their alleged relationship in a series of texts and Facebook messages that are referenced in the affidavit.
Those Facebook messages date back to June of 2011, when the girl was just 13, and include messages where Jones threatens to kill any boy the girl has interest in, according to the affidavit.
Police planned to serve a search warrant at Jones’ home on Jan. 25 but the home burned down before they could. Jones and his entire family escaped the blaze and the cause of the fire remained under investigation.
"The house was burnt to the ground, there was no evidence that we were able to recover at that time," said Falls Township Lt. Henry Ward. "We subsequently discovered that the victim tipped off Mr. Jones and stated that the police were on to him.
"We believe that he suspected that a search warrant was coming to his house. We have no proof of that at this time."
Jones was arrested Monday and charged with six counts including indecent sexual intercourse with a minor, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and related offenses. He was arraigned and held on $2 million bail, according to court documents.
Falls Township Police told NBC10 that they wanted to get the word out about this case in case there is anyone else Jones, who has coached three different youth teams in recent years, might have come in contact with. Anyone with information can call police at 215-949-9100.